Acabanes has been placed in the "Top 10 European Family Friendly Villa" category, with the award winning site Baby Friendly Boltholes.
The villa has very flexible accommodation and can equally be enjoyed by a couple or by a large group. If you are considering a Spring or Autumn holiday and are a smaller group, then please do enquire for lower occupancy rates.
There are extensive facilities for all ages and interests. If there is something which will make your holiday perfect, then please let me know and I will endeavour to purchase it for your stay.
Acabanes is a large, beautifully renovated French villa in a lovely area of the Western Dordogne, close to Bergerac, Duras and Eymet.
It is full of charm and character, yet modernised to the highest standards with extensive facilities, and is situated in a quiet location on the side of a gentle hill with lovely south facing views over the surrounding rolling countryside and vineyards.
Acabanes has been designed and equipped for outdoor living, with a large (11x5m) superb heated pool with retractable cover, which means it can be used as an indoor or outdoor pool.
We cater for all sizes of parties and can accommodate both the very young, the elderly, or those with limited mobility/wheel chair users.
Extensive equipment is provided complimentary for infants and young children. There is no need to bring any of your babies or childrens equipment with you which means you have the option of flying to Bergerac or Bordeaux if you prefer.
The villa has extensive grounds of approximately 3 acres and has 5 terraces. The outdoor areas are ideal for general relaxation and various sporting activities for all the family to enjoy. A large sports box is provided for guests.
The covered tiled terrace is ideal for bbq's, with table and chairs provided for 'al fresco' dining or just simply enjoying the views over the garden and surrounding countryside.
Pool and Terraces: The pool and terraces have been designed to produce the maximum space for guests whilst maximising individual space. The 11 x 5m pool is surrounded by a very large sheltered terrace with many sunbeds and sun shade. The pool is fitted with a retractable telescopic pool cover. There is a Solar heated shower adjacent to the swimming pool. Atmospheric lighting throughout enables the pool and terraces to be used late into the evening.
There are 5 terraces;
1. 5 x 4m outside the downstairs Lavender bedroom
2. 6 x 4m outside the Green bedroom with an inlaid giant chess board
3. Between these terraces is a deck
4. Breakfast terrace for the morning sun leads from the kitchen
5. Covered main terrace leading from the kitchenThe gardens extend to over 3 acres with a fenced lower garden of 2 acres. This large garden is perfect for football with football goals, and rounders. There is also a supersize trampoline, childrens play area, sand pit, Wendy House and boules.
The focal point of the barn is a vast sitting room measuring 9m x 8m and which is open to a magnificent timbered 'cathedral' ceiling. This sitting room is full of character with the original stone walls and tiled floors. Located within the lounge is an entertainment area which includes a 50in hd plasma tv connected to a dvd and vcr. A championship pool table is also in the lounge area which our guests really enjoy and many tournaments are enjoyed late into the evening. There is a comprehensive information area with maps and leaflets. There are lots of board games for all ages for our guests to enjoy.The kitchen and dining area leads from the sitting room. This area is 9m x 4m with tiled floors and oak fitted units. It also has a large SMEG dual fuel oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and large fridge/freezer. The kitchen opens through double frenchdoors, onto a partly covered tiled terrace. There is a Weber charcoal and gas bbq, and table and chairs on the terrace ideal for dining.
Downstairs the two super-king triple bedrooms Lavender and Green, have adjacent en suite shower rooms, with exposed stone walls, tiled floors and doors to their own terraces leading to the pool area.
There are 2 family suites upstairs; All four first floor bedrooms have air conditioning
The Rose Suite - Master bedroom with super king bed and sofa which can convert to a single bed. Smaller childrens room with a single bed and wooden cot. These 2 rooms share a large bathroom with shower and large organic bath.
The Yellow Suite - Master bedroom with super-king bed and sofa which can convert to a single bed. Twin bedroom. These 2 bedrooms share a bathroom with shower and bath.
All Master bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and all beds have high quality mattresses. Each guest is provided with a pool towel and 2 bathroom towels. There is Bedeck bedding throughout. There are Authentic African nets over all super-king beds.
Championship pool table in sitting room
Free to View tv
Super size trampoline
Table tennis, bats and balls
Air conditioning in all first floor bedrooms plus tea and coffee, hairdryers
Hundreds of dvd's for all genres
Flat screen tv's in bedrooms
Extensive infant equipment
Golf equipment and 25% reduction on rounds at Chateau Vigiers
Bikes and helmets for all ages plus details of cycle routes
Hamleys board games, book library, cards
Weber gas and charcoal bbqs and lots of utensils
Extensively equipped kitchen
We have been welcoming much loved family dogs since we started renting in 2000 very successfully, and indeed with many returning each year. The majority of local restaurants and vineyards welcome them too. There are lovely walks directly from La Grange through the vineyards and along the single track lanes. It is very easy to bring them on the ferry in the dog friendly cabins.
We offer a complimentary concierge service to ensure you have a stress free holiday from the time of your first enquiry and can arrange lots of extra services at the villa.
Cycling, Walking and Wine Tasting:
The villa is surrounded by a network of single track lanes without hedges which are perfect for cycling and walking. One of the great joys in rural France is to enjoy a walk or cycle to a local restaurant.
We have strong links with several local family and dog friendly vineyards for our guests to enjoy.
Kitchen and dining
Vast, very well equipped kitchen with seating for 12, Welsh dresser, wine fridge, Large fridge freezer, Bosch washing machine & dishwasher, Le Creuset, Scan Pans, Viners cutlery, ice machine, cafetieres & coffee machine, full size range of wine glasses.
Dining area is huge and is part of the kitchen and this whole area is an extremely sociable area for guests to meet up, cook and dine.
French doors lead onto 2 terraces, a breakfast terrace the main large, covered dining terrace.
Wood burner for a cosy out of season holiday
Vast room 9m x 8m with a Cathedral oak timbered ceiling. There is a seating area around the large wood burner and also a 2nd seating area grouped around the large 50 in plasma with full satellite package. Dvd & Panasonic surround sound, vast dvd collection, extensive board games & cards, gaming table.
The Champion pool table, is very popular with guests!
Lavender - 4 poster super king, single bed, en suite shower room
Green - French Sleigh super king, single bed, en suite shower room
Rose Suite - super king & single in Master bedroom, adjoining single room with cot. These 2 rooms share a bathroom with shower & bath
Yellow Suite - super king & single in Master bedroom. Separate Twin bedroom. These 2 bedrooms share a bathroom with shower & bath
All master bedrooms have romantic African nets, tea & coffee facilities, hair dryers. First floor bedrooms all have air conditioning.
4 en suites
Large modern luxury showers
Two bath towels per guest
First floor bathrooms have free standing baths
Large, heated towel radiators
All bedrooms have electric radiators
First floor bedrooms also have heating units
Kitchen and sitting room have Jotul wood burners and all logs are complimentary
50 in plasma with surround sound, FreeSat TV and sports package
Gym & infra red sauna
Kids snooker table
Large number of bikes for all ages, including infant bike seats & tag along Bikes with helmets
Super size trampoline, Wendy House, sandpit, football goals, table tennis, hundreds of dvds, large book library, outdoor chess, gaming table, board games, gaming table, children's play area, flat screen tvs in bedrooms.
Garden and outside
1 acre upper garden
2 acre lower enclosed garden
large pool area with large, heated saltwater pool
Garden equipment as above
Parking and garages
Large drive for parking of many cars
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
We believe we are different to other villa owners as we are continually investing in both the villa and the grounds to ensure our guests receive their best possible holiday experience. If there is something that you would like for your holiday that we do not have, please just ask and we will endeavour to purchase it.
We have also invested in our complimentary Concierge Service, which is very much appreciated by our guests as it strives to ensure they enjoy a stress free holiday. We have developed strong links with local business since we began and the Concierge Service is continually developing.
Many of our guests return for many more holidays, either on their own, with friends or with their expanding families. This has naturally developed with requests for us to arrange special occasion events during a holiday or even Special Occasion Holidays.
Whatever type of holiday you dream of, contact me and I will be very happy to help you with all the arrangements.
I thought you may like to view a summary of some of the activities you can experience if you book a holiday with us;
Special Occasion Holidays - let us take the strain and arrange the cake, the catering and the decorations
Family friendly holidays with infants - no need to bring anything at all except the little ones!
Family friendly holidays with young children - we have lots to keep the youngsters happy
Family friendly holidays with teenagers - we've had teenagers ourselves and lots of ideas for yours
"Wine Welcome Package" - choose good local wines from a choice of our hand picked packages from secret vineyards
"Tastes of the Dordogne Wine, Bread and Cheese Arrival Package"
Grocery Shopping Services - including a shop for your arrival so that you can begin your holiday in a very relaxed manner!
House Keeping Services
Wine Tasting Evenings at the villa - enjoy choosing from a range of packages to suit all budgets and interests
Speciality Cheese Tasting Evenings at the villa
"Apero and Holiday Planning Evening with Anis" - Anis brings wine, the best local bread and cheeses and spends time with you planning activities for your holiday
Baby sitting including fun, bi lingual interactive babysitting
Vegan and vegetarian friendly
French lessons and French Immersion for kids of all ages
Local Vineyard Experiences - including sunset walks, bird song evenings, star gazing, lunches and suppers among the vines
Mushroom foraging with friendly guides
Golfers in the group? - no problem! We have links with Vigiers the local club and all the golf equipment you need
Beauty Treatments at the villa
Yoga for all ages in the summer months in the garden